As adults I think it's safe to say we all appreciate a thoughtful word, comment or thank you in a harried day.
And even when we are grown up, each time we take on something new, the child in us needs reassurance, that we are doing a good job as we master the new skill, situation, or challenge we take on.
As a newbie to Twitter I have been blown away by the kindness of more experienced Tweeters who never miss an opportunity to say thank you when I follow them or retweet or comment on one of their messages. I hope to pay their kindness forward and try to do the same.
I see how the words THANK YOU can be so powerful and precious when you only have 140 characters in total to write your message.
So it is the same, in the everyday cyber world, where I have found great inspiration in other bloggers who not only read my posts but also take the time to comment.
As you know I am a very reserved, private English girl. Those characteristics do not necessarily gel well with being a blogger, where you are encouraged to spill your guts. So each time I publish a post, I hold my breath as some of my thoughts go out into cyberspace.
The silence when each new post first goes out can be deafening.
I am sure no one is reading it, (except the counter tells me otherwise) and if they are I have no idea what they think......
And then Rachel at midlifesinglemom comes to the rescue! I have known Rachel since we were teenagers in London, but reconnected with her through our blogs. She has been so amazingly constant with her comments on my blog and I in turn have responded regularly to her posts.
For my efforts she has generously bestowed an RAA on me (Reader Appreciation Award) which I gratefully accept without any kind of thank you speech.
A condition of this award is to answer some questions (which the private Brit in me is not going to do-you all know quite enough already!) and tag other readers who I really appreciate.
Now I know that most of you who are reading this do not blog. But many of you do write to me on face book and SHARE my posts on your FB page, send me an email or tell me in person. So to all of you I am EXTREMELY grateful and I THANK YOU for encouraging me and reminding me I am not talking to an empty cyber room.
To those of you who blog and comment on Brainstorm, I am passing on the RAA to you: Liz at Rambling Prose , Laura at Remodeling:A Love Story , Corey at Egret The Elephant , Maria Ana at My Daily pages . THANK YOU for filling my cyberspace with your warmth and encouragement.
You do not have to accept the award, but if you do and would like to answer the questions I avoided ( such as which movie star would play you in a movie and details of your first kiss) you can find the questions here at HelloItsGemma. Or you can just pay it forward and thank some other bloggers you appreciate.
We can never be thanked too much.
So thank you ALL again for sending your feedback to me and now go and thank someone else for something they have done for you and inspire their day.
Leave me a comment and let me know who you thanked and why you did so.
With great appreciation.
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